The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) says the neglect of the agency’s Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP), is a major reason why people are hard hit by environmental disasters in the state.
Habila Ishaku, Meteorological Manager, Bauchi, made this known in Bauchi during a stakeholders meeting organised by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Gombe Operation Office tagged: “Stakeholders Capacity Development And Coordination Meeting.”
“The 2019 NiMET bulletin predicted flood in some Northern states of Nigeria and Bauchi was not left out of the flood consequences.
“However, we are not adequately making use of NiMET seasonal rainfall prediction bulletin,or never use it for practice and warning in our history.
“This is a big reason, among others, why we are faced with serious devastation in recent rain storms and rainfall distribution.
“Communities living on low land where the destruction was most pronounced, refused to take warning and relocate in good time,” ishaku said.
The weather. expert also said people’s habits of dumping waste and building of structures on water ways were not discouraged in the state, hence, the environmental disasters.
“Our habits of dumping waste and erection of structures on water ways are not discouraged as such we have already seen the result of our actions,” he said.
Ishaku called for good use, practice and implementation of the NiMET seasonal rainfall prediction bulletin in order to heed to early warning.
Simon Katu, Head of Operations, NEMA, Gombe operation office, said the stakeholders meeting was a quarterly exercise which NEMA organisedmfor stakeholders.
He said participants deliberate on issues of disaster management, development and capacity building,and also map out ways to move forward in periods of disaster.
Katu said the meeting was also to look at the 2019 floods ravaging many places and suggest proactive measures of handling such disasters in future.